Mar
23
9:30 AM09:30

Hike the Rio Bosque with CDEC

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Join the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition on a 2-miles walking tour of the Rio Bosque Wilderness Park. You will learn about the park's plant and animal communities, the multi-pronged approach to getting water to the park , restoration and recovery of damaged ecosystems as well as the historic environmental conditions in the Rio Grande Valley. Bring water, sunscreen and binoculars. Meet at Riverside Canal bridge. From 1-10 take Americas Ave to Loop 375 south to Pan Americas, turn left and travel 1.5 miles to the bridge. MAP For more information, contact John Sproul, 915-747-8663 or jsproul@utep.edu.

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Apr
3
4:00 PM16:00

The Geology of McKelligon Canyon

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Photo by R. Mac Wheeler

Join Geo-Ventures for a moderate hike with a couple of short, steep and strenuous sections on unstable slopes including a 20-minutes quarry walk of severely faulted rocks with slickensides. Meet at end of McKelligon Canyon Road loop (at the highest point). $5 Park fees. Wear appropriate hiking clothes and shoes and bring plenty of water.

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Apr
6
8:30 AM08:30

Family Desert Hike

Franklins from the Sotol Forest

Franklins from the Sotol Forest

This will be a 3-miles and approximately 3-hours desert walk with no major mountain climbing. It’s a good hike for beginners/intermediates, families who know they can walk the distance over uneven ground. Yes, it is dog-friendly but bring plenty of water for your pet. You will hike Lazy Cow/Mad Cow, Rock Shock, Sotol Forest, and Boulder Dash trails. Bring 2-3 liters of water, snacks, sturdy hiking shoes/boots, Contact Person: Carol Brown 915-630-1424. Meet at the Round House Trailhead on MLK Blvd. There is a $5 per person park fee or use your park pass.

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From the Patriot Freeway take the MLK Blvd exit 31, turn left and go under the freeway. Drive 3- 4 miles north and the trail head will be on your left. There is a sign that says: Bowen Ranch. If you get to Jobe Quarry at Stan Roberts Sr. Avenue, you have gone too far. MAP


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Apr
8
to Apr 9

Become a "Leave No Trace" Trainer

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The course will be held on Monday, April 8 – Tuesday, April 9, 2019 from 8AM to 4:30PM. Lunch will be 30 minutes long, so bring your own lunch. Meet on the first day at the BLM office on 1800 Marquess Street, Las Cruces, NM. MAP There will be a 2-hours in-class introduction. The rest of the course will be at Dripping Springs Natural Area and surrounding areas.

You will hike on relatively easy trails and in off-trail settings. Come prepared with hiking shoes, water, snacks, lunch, sun protection, and appropriate clothing. Keep an eye on the weather. In April, we are transitioning into summer, so the temperatures might be wildly different.

There will be an option to camp overnight. There is no tuition fee for this course.

For more information, contact the course leader, Daniella Barraza, Park Ranger, Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument and Prehistoric Trackways National Monument at the BLM Las Cruces District Office, 1800 Marquess Street, 575-525-4487.

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Apr
13
9:00 AM09:00

Arroyo Park Nature Walk

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Join Dr. Eric Kappus of Southwest University on a free-form nature walk through one of El Paso’s greatest parks, Billy Rogers Arroyo Park and Nature Preserve. This 75-acres park reveals many things about the Chihuahuan desert, and has resident foxes, hares, red tailed hawks, and street people. Your guide will introduce you to the natural history through rocks, plants, footprints, and other discoveries.

Meet at the corner of El Paso Tennis Club on N. Virginia Street in the Billy Rogers Arroyo Park. MAP. Remember water, sunscreen and comfortable hiking shoes. This is an easy hike/stroll.

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Apr
14
9:00 AM09:00

Butterflies!

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Join a morning of finding butterflies. Learn about the different  kinds we have in the El Paso area, their habitats and their plant preferences, and what they do for us. Bring the family  and get your little ones started with appreciating nature. We'll meet at  the Nature Trail at Tom May's Picnic area in Franklin Mountain State Park  at 9:00 am. This will be an easy hike. You might want to bring water, maybe  a snack, and a camera. This can be a practice run for the North American Butterfly Association’s 4th of July Franklin Mountain Butterfly count.

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Apr
27
to Apr 28

Guadalupe Reefer Madness, Caving and Hiking

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Have an overnight adventure with Geo-Ventures. Meet on Saturday the 13th near Hueco Tanks. (Exact location TBA.) Spend Saturday in Carlsbad Caverns and do some wild gypsum caving at the campsite. On Sunday, hike the Guadalupe Mountains reef rocks. Camping equipment required. (Cooking equipment will be provided.) There is a $10 access fee at Carlsbad Caverns and a $5 access fee at GUMO.

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Apr
27
10:00 AM10:00

Celebrate Water through Arts and Culture

Bring family and friends to El Paso Water’s Water Festival 2019. Enjoy music, dance, edible aquifers, rain sticks and a performance by Ysleta del Sur Pueblo. Join in making a butcher paper mural. See award-winning short films that explore how water influence our lives and view a Wood Water Drop exhibit.

The event takes place at the TecH2O Center, 10751 Montana Avenue. MAP

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Apr
28
8:00 AM08:00

Birds of the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park

Join John Sproul for birding at the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park. This wildlife refuge within El Paso’s city limits abounds with bird life:  249 different species have been recorded to date.  In late April and early May, spring migration is at its peak.  Encounter a nice mix of permanent resident birds, spring migrants and early-arriving summer residents.  Bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent and binoculars.  This field trip will last 2 hours.  Meet at Riverside Canal bridge.  From 1‑10, take Americas Avenue/Loop 375 south to Pan American, turn left and travel 1.5 miles to the bridge.  For more information, contact John Sproul, 915-747-8663 or jsproul@utep.edu.

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May
4
9:00 AM09:00

Tour the UTEP Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens

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Image by Destination El Paso

Learn about our desert’s history through elegant displays of birds and animals, minerals, fossils, as well as the people who have inhabited this region for thousands of years. Then visit the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens and see more than 800 species of plants that are native or adapted to the Chihuahuan Desert in their own native settings. MAP and CAMPUS MAP.

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Mar
9
9:00 AM09:00

Find Hatch Opal at Spring Canyon Dam, NM

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Find Hatch Opal at Spring Canyon Dam just south of Hatch. When the dam was constructed, dynamiting the arroyo exposed veins of moss opal, a lovely pink with delicate black lines common opal.

Join the El Paso Cactus and Rock Club and drive 1.5 hous to the Spring Canyon Dam just south of Hatch, NM. Meet at the Dairy Queen on Transmountain Road and I-10 at 9AM sharp. (MAP) Then regroup first at Jim’s Super Market, 150 W. Hall in Hatch, NM (MAP) before driving to Spring Canyon Dam. There is a very short hike to the opal veins. High clearance vehicles are recommended but not required. Be sure to bring water and wear appropriate clothing.

After the hike, eat at world famous Sparky’s Burgers in Hatch. Wow! I love their Hatch Green Chile Cheeseburger with a Chile Mango Shake.

If you have questions, please contact Jean-Claude at 915-504-4069 or wilbur1111@att.net.

Learn more about the El Paso Cactus and Rock Club.

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Mar
9
8:00 AM08:00

Sunspot Observatory and White Sands

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Take a 2.5-hours drive with Geo-Ventures to Sunspot Observatory near Cloudcroft, NM. Observe the Tularosa Basin. Learn about the geology of the Sacramento Mountains, the solar observatory itself and have a White Sands experience.

Meet at the EPCC Trans-Mountain campus. MAP There is a $20 per vehicle fee at White Sands. Since there is limited carpool space available, please rsvp by email, rrohrba1@epcc.edu.

Contact rrohrba1@epcc.edu or message via Facebook: www.Facebook.com/GeoventuresElPaso

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Mar
2
7:00 AM07:00

Go Birding in Hawk Alley

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Join the El Paso Audubon Society on Saturday, March 2, 2019 for a field trip to Northeast El Paso.  See Raptors on Hawk Alley and wintering birds at various stops along the way.  Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Lowe's Parking Lot at 4531 Woodrow Bean- Transmountain Rd. behind Taco Bell. MAP All are welcome.  Contact Mark Perkins at 915-637-3521 for more information.

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Feb
23
10:00 AM10:00

Tom Mays Copper Mine/West Franklin Mountain

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Join Geo-Ventures and look for fossils and minerals. You will tour the Copper Mine at the Tom Mays Unit of the Franklin Mountains State Park. Then take a hike to Cottonwood Springs. There is a $5 park entrance fee. Meet at the end of the park loop, the overlook at the highest point. MAP to Tom Mays.

Contact rrohrba1@epcc.edu or message via Facebook: www.Facebook.com/GeoventuresElPaso

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Feb
16
9:00 AM09:00

Prehistoric Trackways Hike to Flood Site

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Interested in paleontology? Geology? Have you attended the Prehistoric Trackways Guided Hike to the Discovery Site, but want to see new places within the Monument? Then join the Las Cruces BLM to learn about the abundant marine life and to see petrifed wood and plants. Prehistoric Trackways is a world-renowned site for paleontology. Find out why!

Be prepared to hike approximately 2.5 miles on rough and rocky terrain while learning all about the climate and the organisms that inhabited Las Cruces 280 million years ago! The hike will be led by our BLM paleontologist!

Bring plenty of water and appropriate footwear and attire to hike on rough and rocky terrain. 

Directions: You will find us in the big, 2nd parking lot of the Monument. You can arrive at the Monument by heading west from the intersection of Shalem Colony Trail and Rocky Acres Trail. Then in about 1/4 mile take a dirt road on the left labeled as Permian Acres. If using GPS, just type in Prehistoric Trackways National Monument.

Alternate Directions: Travel on Picacho Ave./ Hwy. 70. At the stop light with Shalem Colony Trail go north on Shalem Colony Trail for approximately 5.5 miles. Prior to reaching the Rio Grande, you will reach a county road, Rocky Acres Trail. Turn west on Rocky Acres Trail. Go west approximately ¼ mile to a dirt road entrance on the left-hand side. Cross over a cattle guard and continue tothe west past the first parking lot to the second. 

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Feb
14
4:30 PM16:30

A Valentine's Day Date with Nature at the Rio Bosque

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The Frontera Land Alliance and the Friends of the Rio Bosque bring you A Date with Nature this Valentine’s Day! The event will take place at the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park on Thursday, February 14th 2019 at 4:30PM to sunset. Bring the people you love and enjoy a nature walk through one of El Paso's wetlands. We will be meeting at the visitor’s center. For parking directions visit cerm.utep.edu and click on the Rio Bosque tab. I have attached the event flyer.  We need one volunteer for this event, sign up here: http://signup.com/go/THeeikn  To RSVP or for questions contact Maryflor@Fronteralandalliance.org

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Feb
10
9:00 AM09:00

Women's Hike in Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Monument

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Open to all women and non-binary folks of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels wanting to explore the mountains for the first time or the millionth time. Learn and share your knowledge of preparing for outdoor adventures, fitness, and all things nature!

We will be hiking the beautiful Pine Tree Trail at Aguirre Spring Campground. This is a moderately difficult 4-miles trail with significant elevation gain of over 1000 ft in the first 2 miles. The last 2 miles are a downhill trek. It will get your heart rate up!

Please bring:
-plenty of water
-snacks and lunch
-appropriate clothing. This will be a wonderful winter day, so wear layers. You want to stay warm during the cooler part of the day, and be able to take off layers as it gets warmer.
-good close-toed shoes with good grip

FEE: $5 per vehicle. Cash or check only.

Come alone or come with friends. The hike will happen rain or shine. Any weather is a good day to be outdoors. We will start at 9AM. If you are running late, you can start the hike and catch up. We will be hiking the loop counter-clockwise.

Directions: Drive east on US-70. In less than a mile, turn onto Aguirre Spring Roads following signs for Aguirre Spring Campground. Drive all the way to parking lot for Pine Tree Trail. If using GPS, just type in Aguirre Spring Campground.  

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Feb
9
9:00 AM09:00

Discover the Mines of Orogrande

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Joint the El Paso Cactus and Rock Club for a field trip to the mines of the Jarilla Mountains near Orogrande, NM. You will make several stops including the Lucky Lode mine, Tiffany turquoise and the iron mines in the south of the mountains. If the group is up to it, hike to the top of the Iron Duke mine at the end of the trip.

Meet atthe Valero gas station on Hondo Pass and US54. (MAP) Be sure to wear appropriate clothing and shoes for a hike. Cautions:  High clearance vehicles highly recommended, or carpool. Make sure to have a full tank of gas and plenty of water.

If you have questions, please contact Jean-Claude at 915-504-4069 or wilbur1111@att.net

Learn more about the El Paso Cactus and Rock Club.

Learn more about the geology of the Jarilla Mountains.

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Jan
26
2:00 PM14:00

Archaeology Museum Lecture Series: Recreating the Maya & Aztec Cosmos

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The lecture begins a new exhibit at the El Paso Museum of Archaeology. MAP:

Astronomy and the Mesoamerican Cosmos, artwork and interpretation by Fernando Arturo Rodriguez, through April 20

Astronomy and the Mesoamerican Cosmos is a look at the cosmos, constellations and mythology from a Mesoamerican perspective. Like the ancient peoples of the Old World, the inhabitants of the New World placed a high importance on the movement of the heavens throughout the year. In time, these groups developed astronomical systems that are distinct from those that modern Western Society find familiar. 

The multi-media exhibit features the work and research of Fernando Arturo Rodriguez, artist and student of Mesoamerican Cosmology. Rodriguez is a Limited-Residency Undergraduate student of interdisciplinary studies at Prescott College in Arizona. His work on Mesoamerican astronomy has been presented at universities and institutions across the U.S. and Mexico. He lives with his wife and son in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The exhibit will remain on display through April 20.

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Dec
15
9:00 AM09:00

Prehistoric Trackways Discovery Site

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With paleontologist, Colin Dunn, travel back 280 million years to the Early Permian, a time when this area was a tidal flat on the edge of a wide seaway.  Learn about the creatures that lived on the coast and left numerous footprints and trackways in the muds and sands.  From the mighty sail-backed Dimetrodon, to small insects and arachnids, tracks of all sizes have been preserved.  This hike will take visitors up an arroyo to the first major site that these tracks were found and collected, the Discovery Site.  Geology and paleontology of the area will be discussed. Travel on Picacho Ave./ Hwy. 70. At the stop light with Shalem Colony Trail. Go north on Shalem Colony Trail for approximately 5.5 miles. Prior to reaching the Rio Grande, you will reach a county road, Rocky Acres Trail. Turn west on Rocky Acres Trail. Go west approximately ¼ mile to a dirt road entrance on the left-hand shoes. This side. Cross over a cattle guard and continue to the west past the first parking lot to the second. Dress appropriately and remember the outdoor essentials – water, snacks, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and sturdy shoes. It is approximately a 3-hours field trip, moderate hike. For more information, contact Colin Dunn at crdunn@blm.gov.

 

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Dec
2
1:00 PM13:00

Take a Prehistoric Tour of Fossilized Dinosaur Tracks

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Join Insights’ tour guides who will take you on a three-miles hike through 211 acres of fossilized dinosaur tracks and giant fossil beds from the Cretaceous Period. A long time ago, the Chihuahuan Desert was actually very wet. Millennia of geological activity changed the environment, but you can still see the evidence of dinosaurs here today. Insights’ knowledgeable tour guides can cover a variety of topics associated with our DinoTracks. Please let us know if you would specifically like to learn more about animal tracking, dinosaurs, geology, paleontology, and much more.

Please bring water, a notepad and pen and wear a hat and sunscreen.

You do need to make a reservation. Admission is $15/person and tickets may be purchased HERE. For more information, please contact 915-534-0000 or info@insightselpaso.org.

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Nov
24
3:00 PM15:00

Birds of the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park

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This wildlife refuge within El Paso’s city limits abounds with bird life:  244 different species have been recorded to date.  By late November, extensive areas at the park should be flooded, and a nice mix of resident and migratory birds should be present.  Bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent and binoculars.  This field trip will last 2 hours. Meet at Riverside Canal bridge.  From 1-10 take Americas Avenue/Loop 375 south to Pan American, turn left and travel 1.5 miles to the bridge.  For more information, contact John Sproul, 915-747-8663 or jsproul@utep.edu.

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Nov
18
9:00 AM09:00

Introduction to the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park

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Take a 2-hour walk back in time on this 2-miles walking tour of the park.  You will learn about the historic environmental conditions in the Rio Grande valley, restoration and recovery of damaged ecosystems, the plant and animal communities of the park, and the multi-pronged approach to getting water to the park.  Bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent and binoculars.  Meet at Riverside Canal bridge. From 1‑10 take Americas Avenue/Loop 375 south to Pan American, turn left and travel 1.5 miles to the bridge.  For more information, contact John Sproul, 915-7478663 or jsproul@utep.edu.

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Nov
17
10:00 AM10:00

★ Visit the El Paso Weather Forecast Office

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See where weather forecasts for our region are made. Visit the El Paso Weather Forecast Office, a National Weather Service center for NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).  Learn what the meteorologists do and what the mission of the center is. Learn about upper air observation, discuss the radar tower, see each of the forecast stations. The tour will last approximately 1 to 1.5-hours depending on questions and interests of your group. Location: 7955 Airport Rd., Santa Teresa, NM. (MAP) For more information, contact the Center, (575) 589-4088.

After your visit to the Weather Forecast Office, you may want to see the War Eagles Air Museum, 8012 Airport Rd. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for seniors. Children and students, free.

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Nov
17
9:00 AM09:00

Prehistoric Trackways Flood Site

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With paleontologist, Colin Dunn, travel back 280 million years to the Early Permian, a time when this area was a tidal flat on the edge of a wide seaway.  Learn about the abundant marine life that lived off the coast, such as Brachiopods and Ammonites, and what animals left their tracks in the shallow water of the tidal flat.  Additionally, numerous petrified logs and plants have been found in marine sediments.  Why are they in the ocean?  This hike will lead visitors up and over a hill to a scientifically important petrified wood locality, the Site Flood.  Geology and paleontology of the area will be discussed. Directions: Travel on Picacho Ave./ Hwy. 70. At the stop light with Shalem Colony Trail go north on Shalem Colony Trail for approximately 5.5 miles. Prior to reaching the Rio Grande, you will reach a county road, Rocky Acres Trail. Turn west on Rocky Acres Trail. Go west approximately ¼ mile to a dirt road entrance on the left-hand side. Cross over a cattle guard and continue tothe west past the first parking lot to the second. Dress appropriately and remember the outdoor essentials – water, snacks, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and sturdy is approximately a 3-hours field trip, moderate hike. For more information, contact Colin Dunn at crdunn@blm.gov.

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Nov
15
2:00 PM14:00

See Water Well Drilling in the Hueco Bolson

Do you ever wonder where your water comes from? Come see one of El Paso Water’s well drilling sites in action!

El Paso Water will showcase its working APW-4 well with engineering experts on site to explain what it takes to drill for water in El Paso's desert climate.

APW-4 is a test well that will eventually deliver water to the future Advanced Water Purification Facility. 

This is a FREE event and open to the public. Drinks and snacks will be provided. Appropriate clothing required - no shorts or open-toed shoes. 

The well site is located on Carl Longuemare Rd north of Winn Rd. at the elevated reservoir.

Please RSVP to Scott Reinert at sreinert@epwater.org or 915-253-2004.

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Nov
11
9:00 AM09:00

Hike to the Only Tin Mines Ever in the United States

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Hike to the only tin mine ever in the United States. Small quantities of tin were produced in the Franklin mountains in the early 1900s. Founded in 1909 and operated by the El Paso Tin Mining and Smelting Company, the mine quickly proved unsuccessful; work was stopped in 1915 after the project failed to yield enough tin and was declared uneconomical. As you hike, learn about the structure and formation of the Franklin Mountains, the geological history that played a significant role in the creation of tin, and the history and excavation of the old tin mine. Meet in the parking lot of Chuck Heinrich Park. (MAP) This is an easy hike but is 6.6-miles round trip. It is dog friendly. Bring plenty of water, snacks or a lunch, wear sunscreen and wear a hat and sturdy footgear.

For more information, contact your field trip leader, Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences, Jason W. Ricketts, jricketts@utep.edu.

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Nov
10
10:00 AM10:00

Big Bosque Bird Bash, Rio Bosque Wetlands Park

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Visit Rio Bosque Wetlands Park at a time when cooler temperatures, widespread water, arriving migratory birds and the first signs of fall color make it a great place for a walk in the park.  Rio Bosque is managed as a natural area, with a goal of establishing at the site a mix of native habitats approximating those once found along the Rio Grande in the Paso del Norte region.  Each year, through natural processes and the work of park supporters, the landscape moves closer towards that goal.  This free community event, sponsored by the Friends of the Rio Bosque, gives you a chance to learn about our river-valley environment through tours, presentations, exhibits and interactive fun for kids.  Event headquarters will be the park’s visitor center.  DIRECTIONS  

For more information, contact Bill Hoover, 915-487-7154 or wd102062@yahoo.com

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Nov
10
10:00 AM10:00

★ Northeast Stormwater System Tour

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Ever wonder how El Paso’s stormwater system captures rain that rolls off the Franklin Mountains? This is your chance to see a combination of channels, basins, ponds and a pump station to learn how millions of gallons of water are collected to prevent flooding.  EPWater Stormwater Engineering Division Manager Gisela Dagnino will host this tour.

Meet in the parking lot of the TecH2O Center at 10751 Montana Ave. (MAP)  EPWater will provide a shuttle for ease of transportation to the multiple facilities.  

Prior to leaving you will watch two short videos describing the need and purpose of the stormwater system and information on the Gateway Ponds. We will begin the tour promptly after the videos, so it is recommended that guests arrive on time.

For the 2018 Stormwater Tour, participants will see:

·         Scheduled Stop - Fairbanks Sediment Catch Structure

·         Scheduled Stop - NE Chanel 2

·         Scheduled Stop - Van Buren Dam

·         Scheduled Stop - Louisiana Dam and Ponds

·         Scheduled Stop - Magnolia Pump Station

In addition to the scheduled stops, our stormwater engineers will point out additional sites like the Northgate Dam visible from the bus, as well as explaining how city streets are designed to transport water during rain events.

The tour is open to guests ages 10+. Appropriate, closed-toe shoes are required since there will be some walking involved as we tour the structures.

We anticipate the tour might last until 12:30pm, so if any participants have any strict time constraints, we will provide maps and they are welcome to follow behind the bus in their own vehicles.

Contact Gisela Dagnino, 915-594-5553, gdagnino@epwater.org.

 

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Nov
4
1:00 PM13:00

Take a Prehistoric Tour of Fossilized Dinosaur Tracks

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Join Insights’ tour guides who will take you on a three-miles hike through 211 acres of fossilized dinosaur tracks and giant fossil beds from the Cretaceous Period. A long time ago, the Chihuahuan Desert was actually very wet. Millennia of geological activity changed the environment, but you can still see the evidence of dinosaurs here today. Insights’ knowledgeable tour guides can cover a variety of topics associated with our DinoTracks. Please let us know if you would specifically like to learn more about animal tracking, dinosaurs, geology, paleontology, and much more.

Please bring water, a notepad and pen and wear a hat and sunscreen.

You do need to make a reservation. Admission is $15/person and tickets may be purchased HERE. For more information, please contact 915-534-0000 or info@insightselpaso.org.

Event repeats every first Sunday of the month:
Sunday, November 4th (1:00-3:30 PM)
Sunday, December 2nd (1:00-3:30 PM)

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Nov
3
2:00 PM14:00

★ Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos at Concordia Cemetery

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This exciting one-day event at Concordia Cemetery, 3700 E. Yandell (MAP), is a cultural and spiritual celebration  commemorating our lost loved ones.  Revelers are dressed in vintage Mexican clothing complete with the traditional Calaveras (Skulls) painted on their faces, with dozens of artisans and vendors, a scavenger hunt, live music, food trucks, face painters, poetry readings and Altares (decorated graves), arts, crafts and Ceremonial Offerings.  Performances by Matachines, Mariachis, Aztec dancers, a Sunset Fire Dance performance, PLUS 10-foot tall Mojingaga skeletons roaming the Cemetery will thrill young and old! Admittance Cost: $5.00 adults; discounts for Military, Students and Seniors over 60 years; kiddos under six free. Dress Calacas or Catrinas! Proceeds benefit Concordia Heritage Association, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization which maintains, preserves and protects the Historic Concordia Cemetery. For more information: Collette Maes at comaes39@aol.com or visit www.concordiacemetery.com.

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Nov
3
9:00 AM09:00

Alley Plants of Kern Place and Rim Road

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Stroll through the alleys of Rim Road and Kern Place to discover what useful plants are growing there. This plant walk covers any plants we find, including landscaping plants and weeds growing in sidewalk cracks. Meet outside Tippi Teas at Stanton and Boston (MAP) at 9am for a 1-mile walk.  Bring plenty of water and a hat. Contact Dr. Kappus for more information: ekappus@southwestuniversity.edu.

 

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Oct
28
9:00 AM09:00

★ Grand Tour of El Paso Border History

American Dam, 1937. Note the smelter in the background.

American Dam, 1937. Note the smelter in the background.

Take a grand tour of the El Paso border with Mexico and learn about 175 years of El Paso border history. You will begin at the American Dam Field Office of the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) at 2616 W. Paisano. You will take a short walk across the American Canal to Boundary Marker #1. As you read the marker and listen to your guide, Mike Landis of the IBWC, you can straddle the border with one foot in the U.S. and the other in Mexico. From there you will continue east on Paisano to Old Fort Bliss, Hart’s Mill and the historic La Hacienda Restaurant. There Robert Diaz, President of the El Paso Historical Society, will talk about the border history from 1840 to 1900. Finally, you will stay on Paisano and go to the Chamizal National Memorial. There you will explore with Ranger Rodney Sauter the history of how the Chamizal Convention of 1963 finally ended a century-long border dispute.

A map with directions of the tour will be distributed at the American Dam. The best way to access the IBWC field office is to take Executive Blvd. to Paisano and go left. Get into the right lane as quickly as you can. The first turnout on the right will take you to the office at 2616 W. Paisano. (MAP) There is plenty of parking along the road. For more information visit the Celebration of Our Mountains website.

BTW, you may want to have lunch at the newly re-opened Amigos Restaurant, 2000 Montana Avenue (MAP), which was established after La Hacienda closed. The chef and waiters from La Hacienda moved there and the menu is the same. Border history lives on.

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Oct
27
1:30 PM13:30

★ Chamizal Cultural Festival

Portion of mural at Chamizal National Memorial

Portion of mural at Chamizal National Memorial

Come to the Chamizal Cultural Festival, the signature event for the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. Marcial. (MAP) See cultural and history demonstrations, special ranger programs and information booths. This year will also include the First Annual High School Mariachi Competition, sponsored by the Mexican American Cultural Institute.  Connect to the history and traditions of the people who have lived here. Listen to the tales told by native storytellers. Experience the traditions that have endured and come to love the distinct flavors of borderland culture. For up-to-date information keep checking the festival webpage: https://www.nps.gov/cham/planyourvisit/chamizalfestival.htm

 

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Oct
27
10:00 AM10:00

★ Aquifer Recharge Field Trip

Daniel B. Stephens & Associates

Daniel B. Stephens & Associates

El Paso Water has been cleaning wastewater to drinking water quality standards and using it to recharge a local aquifer for 30 years.  Observe where and how EPWater recharges the Hueco Bolson Aquifer.  Learn about underground water resources from Water Resource Engineer Scott Reinert. You will not only have a view on the ground of the basins, but there will be a drone sent up, and people will be able to watch the monitor for a bird’s eye view of multiple basins.  Meet at the Painted Dunes Golf Course parking lot. (MAP) There is minimal walking during this 1.5-hours trip. Bring water, wear a hat 

For more information, contact Scott Reinert, 915-253-2004, sreinert@epwater.org

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Oct
27
9:00 AM09:00

Orogrande Mining District

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Description: Visit the dormant Orgrande mining district and have a chance to collect copper minerals, crystals, and other beautiful rocks. Your guide will also explain the geology and natural history of the area. Meet at the Valero on Hondo Pass and Gateway N Blvd. (MAP) We will carpool from there. High-Clearance vehicle such as a pickup truck or SUV is strongly recommended. Also bring sturdy shoes, hat, lots of water, snacks, a collecting pack for rocks, and optional bucket for happy cactus soil. Contact Dr. Kappus for more information: ekappus@southwestuniversity.edu.

The event is sponsored by the El Paso Cactus and Rock Club which meets monthly throughout the year on the first Saturday of the month.  The meetings start at 10.00 AM with the business meeting. The meetings are generally held at 3105 Grant Street, in El Paso.  Occasionally there are no meetings, or the location is changed. For more information, please contact Jean-Claude Linossi, wilbur1111@att.net,

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